Attorney General: Dropping Flynn Case ‘Upheld the Rule of Law’

Although House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Thursday denounced the DOJ's decision to drop the case against Flynn "to continue to cover up for the president" and declared that "Attorney General Barr's politicization of justice knows no bounds", she did not incidate whether Democratic leaders in Congress plan to take any action.

Pressure from Trump allies to drop the charges intensified last week after partially redacted documents turned over to Flynn's defence showed more about the FBI's thinking before interviewing Flynn.

"We are a nation of laws yet William Barr, the nation's top law enforcement official, has routinely abused the powers of his office to undermine the rule of law for political advantage of the president who appointed him".

Despite Flynn pleading guilty back in 2017 for lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the attorney general claimed his actions were "not a crime".

"I hope a lot of people are going to pay a big price".

Trump has consistently criticized the case against Flynn. Flynn twice admitted in court he lied to the FBI about his conversations with Russia's US ambassador, and then cooperated in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.

Flynn, whom Mr Trump fired because he lied to Vice-President Mike Pence about his contacts with Russians, was a "great gentleman" and a "great warrior", said the president. The result is a dynamic in which there two parallel systems seemed to take shape: one for cases that the president cares about, in which Barr has played a direct and personal role, and another for the rest of the justice system.

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"The evidence against General Flynn is overwhelming". But after an aborted sentencing hearing in late 2018, Flynn replaced his lawyer and began an effort to disavow his plea and admission of wrongdoing.

Thursday's filing noted that after reviewing newly found materials, the Justice Department was no longer persuaded that the FBI's interview with Flynn in January 2017 was conducted with a legitimate investigative basis.

The unraveling of Flynn's guilty plea marked a stunning reversal by the Justice Department in the case of the former three-star Army general, who was convicted in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.

Barr said that he's focused on restoring an equal standard of justice in the United States and that standard required dismissing the charges against Flynn.

Mr Flynn was one of six people associated with the Trump campaign who were ultimately convicted or pleaded guilty in the Mueller investigation. "They did not have a basis for the counterintelligence investigation against Flynn".

"Through the course of my review of General Flynn's case, I concluded the proper and just course was to dismiss the case", Jensen said in a statement.

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